On Sunday, Sep. 11, the Uni was put into service for the first time. Lower Manhattan residents joined us to inaugurate the Uni by gathering to browse and read our small collection on a difficult morning. While most of the surrounding blocks were locked down and public libraries in Manhattan were closed, the Uni began its journey among good people who came out to visit a public market and meet the Uni.

Thank you to our volunteers who rose so early, to our donors who brought books on the subway, and to our host Robert LaValva and the New Amsterdam Market for making us feel welcome.

We’ve turned our attention to preparing the next installation of the Uni, but we’ll remember this one forever.

See photo gallery on Flickr.

About our “new” name… Street Lab.

Street Lab began in Boston in 2006. In 2011, we moved the organization to NYC and launched the Uni Project, which was a portable reading room that roamed the city. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.